Once Upon A Time

Today, all over America, fans will pour into stadiums to watch their favorite college teams.In many locales —urban and rural, in Red and Blue states— fans will submit to a “clear bag” rule, and possibly even a scan or search of their person, as they enter the stadium. At no time today, anywhere across our […]

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Garden Cafe is Back!

Of all the things I’ve done during this pandemic, I am most personally proud of working to help get Garden Cafe back open. One of the things that most makes our neighborhood the special place it is, is the ability to simply walk over to one of the finest restaurants in the city. Mark Wootten […]

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An Acceptable Ending in Afghanistan

Earlier, I suggested that we reevaluate Hurricane Ida through the long term lens that “the levees held,” and see that fact as a deeply hopeful moment. As America readies itself for the 20th Anniversary of 911, we can do the same thing with the Afghanistan withdrawal. — America’s longest war, costing trillions of dollars, and […]

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Faithspotting: Echo, Part 1

Pretty excited to be a part of this podcast, with friends Kenny Dickson and Mike Hatch. Since I’m both a songwriter and preacher, they invited me to to talk about the great documentary “Echo in the Canyon.”It traces the roots of an amazing tradition of music in the iconic “Laurel Canyon” area of LA. Listen […]

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Connecting the Dots of Yesterday

Don’t ever again tell me “the parties are the same.”Don’t ever again tell me “non-violent action doesn’t work.”Don’t ever again tell me “elections don’t matter.” These are the three biggest lies — the three greatest disincentives to voting and activism — that I have heard during the past four years. Time and time again, I’ve heard them repeated online, […]

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Our Flag Is Still There

I’ve been dubious about The National Anthem and our flag, for several years now…having been stunned to learn the Anthem’s racists verses (the ones we never sing…) and having been deeply impressed by the “Take a Knee” movement regarding the flag. (“America The Beautiful,” and This Land…” are both better choices, imho…) But this morning, […]

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What White America Taught Me About Martin Luther King.

Because I grew up as an “average” White American, my learnings about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have mostly come from White America. I was in my mid-20s before I first understood this. Only now, in my mid-50s, can I actually look back and see the lessons more clearly. With the benefit of hindsight, I […]

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The Tribe of Everybody Else

A Message To White America “Let me put it this way, there were a number of folks who got up on the floor and gave the same speech, you know that night…while there was a crime scene investigation and a dead woman’s blood drying just a few feet outside the door….they were giving the same […]

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When “Public Service” Gets Crushed

Everybody is haunted by the images of this week.The Nazi shirts…the Confederate flag…the man with zip ties in military gear…the wild-eyed looks of these insurrectionists. But I’ve been deeply stirred by two images.One, of this Capitol police officer being crushed.The other, of Representative Andy Kim cleaning up the trash. I know that this is a […]

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Choose wisely

If you are a Trump supporter who condemns yesterday’s insurrection against the United States, if you believe yourself to be a Christian or a decent person, today is a day to forever take down your Trump flags and put away your MAGA hats. Whatever you believe these symbols mean, or *want* them to mean, they […]

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